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slippery elm

noun
1.
an elm, Ulmus rubra, of eastern North America, having a mucilaginous inner bark.
2.
the bark of this elm, used as a demulcent.
Origin of slippery elm
1740-1750
1740-50
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  • The slippery elm offered its bark; the sassafras its roots; the cherry tree its bark and its berries.

  • Two blocks from the grocery they stopped under a slippery elm tree.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • The latter is often the case, because the name is applied also to slippery elm and white elm if they grow on stony ground.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • About all that Tesreau had was a fine physique and a mouthful of slippery elm.

  • In the North, the slippery elm is sometimes known as moose elm.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • Put a little of the mucilage from slippery elm in a teaspoon.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • "This is a slippery elm tree, and I am making a hill so Squeaky-Eeky can slide down," answered the bunny uncle.

    Uncle Wiggily in the Woods Howard R. Garis
  • Common starch, or flour, may be substituted for slippery elm.

  • In California grows a tree called by three popular names: leatherwood, slippery elm, and silver oak.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • Perhaps it was one of the slippery elm cocoanuts that fell on him.

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    John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for slippery elm

slippery elm

noun
1.
a tree, Ulmus fulva, of E North America, having oblong serrated leaves, notched winged fruits, and a mucilaginous inner bark
2.
the bark of this tree, used medicinally as a demulcent
Also called red elm
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